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Leaders in business, technology and culture are pulling the plug on their support for President Trump and some of his closest allies in the final days of his presidency.

The big picture: Trump's political power, and his popularity with a large swath of the Republican base, always protected him from a backlash from business and tech leaders — until now. The Capitol siege proved to be the final straw.

Driving the news: Twitter announced Friday that the platform will permanently suspend President Trump's account. It's the strongest action against the president's account and comes in response to the risk of further incitement of violence.

  • Apple on Friday threatened to remove right-wing-friendly social media app Parler from its App Store if it doesn’t lay out a plan to moderate its content. Google went a step further, suspending Parler from the Google Play store.
  • Reddit said Friday that it had banned the subreddit group "r/DonaldTrump," one of the company's largest political communities dedicated to support for Trump. In the world of social media, that's pretty close to the end of the game.
  • Facebook is facing calls to boot Trump permanently from prominent voices, including from former First Lady Michelle Obama, a slew of celebrities and high-ranking Hill Democrats.

Businesses and billionaires have begun to reconsider their support for Trump, or at least their tolerance for his antics that came with the policies they supported.

  • Many of America's top businesspeople plan to deny future contributions to Republicans who egged on his efforts to overturn the election, sources tell Axios' Dan Primack and Alexi McCammond.
  • Billionaires that bankrolled Trump and applauded his tax policies, like venture capitalist Peter Thiel and Texas banking billionaire Andy Beal, aren't rushing to Trump's defense, per Bloomberg.

Publishers have started to deny platforms and endorsements for Trump and his key allies.

  • Simon & Schuster canceled plans to publish a book by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who aided Trump's efforts to overturn the election and pumped his fist at Trump supporters who later stormed the Capitol.
  • The editorial board of The Wall Street Journal called on Trump to resign this week.

Academic and professional institutions are turning their backs on Trump, too.

  • On Friday, Lehigh's Board of Trustees announced it would rescind and revoke Trump's 1988 honorary degree.
  • A slew of trade groups, including the National Association of Manufacturers, which typically supports conservative trade policies, slammed rioters Wednesday and called out Trump for egging on the rioters.
  • The NAM statement, by president and CEO Jay Timmons, was one of the first to raise the idea that Trump should be removed through the 25th amendment.

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Off the Rails

Episode 6: Last stand in Georgia

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Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. Axios takes you inside the collapse of a president with a special series.

Episode 6: Georgia had not backed a Democratic presidential candidate since 1992 and Donald Trump's defeat in this Deep South stronghold, and his reaction to that loss, would help cost Republicans the U.S. Senate as well. Georgia was Trump's last stand.

On Air Force One, President Trump was in a mood. He had been clear he did not want to return to Georgia, and yet somehow he'd been conscripted into another rally on the night of Jan. 4.

Pelosi: Trump could be "accessory" to murder over deadly insurrection

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President Trump could be an "accessory" to murder in regards to the deadly Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told MSNBC Tuesday night.

Why it matters: Trump faced intense criticism after a crowd of his supporters breached the Capitol and broke into chambers, including Pelosi’s office. Five people died as a result of the insurrection.

Updated Jan 20, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Trump departs on final Air Force One flight

President Trump and his family took off on Air Force One at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning for the final time en route to Florida.

The big picture: Trump's final hours as president were punctuated by his decisions to snub his successor's inauguration and grant pardons to many of his allies who have been swept up in corruption scandals.